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Old 01-07-2013   #1
 
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an often overlooked kayak self support trip in the SW..

Closed April-May due to bird stuff (Ute mountain section), worth doing the entire run in June or March if running a 1000 cfs and up...

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Old 01-08-2013   #2
 
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The pictures in that new Rio Grande guidebook make the Ute Mountain stretch look quite pretty. Even the valley float above that looks nice if you catch it at the right time of year. Definitely would like to get in there this season.

Nice video. I like the way you documented the trip itself more than the rapids.
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Yep, classic. Three of us did the Razorblades through Lower Box run in an afternoon, two nights, and a quick morning... then went to hit Embudo that afternoon... and we were thinking that we should have kept floating state bridge and racecourse with a few beers instead.

The Razorblades put-in that we used kind of sucked with a heavily loaded 10ft boat. (Although totally awesome run and okay hike down with an empty kayak). Where did you put-in for the Ute Mountain section? Is it legal to put-in, and safe to leave a vehicle at the bridge off of CO Hwy 142? Or just more fun to put-in further downstream?
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You gents made a difficult run look easy. You had to have had a load on those boats, even without the beverages that were cached.

Comrade ship and group interaction is what makes trips like yours so much fun.

The mood of the video was perfect, mellow and laid back, close friends having a good time on a good river. Well done and just the way it should be.

All around good work doing and documenting.

Never done that upper section but the lower box down through the race course is one of my favorite runs, been there many times and never had a bad day. Running laps on the Race Course and eating BBQ afterwards at Sugar's ain't bad either.

Thanks for sharing your adventure.
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Looked like a hell of a trip!
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Old 01-08-2013   #6
 
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fun

We put in right around the Colorado-NM border. Found a dirt road leading out of Rio Costillo and it went right to the river. The gorge is only just beginning at that point so the rim to river bushwhack went quick..
I think a shuttle driver is best. leaving a car out there for a couple days is asking for trouble.
Also ran it from the Razorblades to the end of the Box as you guys did. That hike sucked with heavy boats.
The Border to the RC is a long trip but well worth the scenery and extra time spent on the rio...


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Yep, classic. Three of us did the Razorblades through Lower Box run in an afternoon, two nights, and a quick morning... then went to hit Embudo that afternoon... and we were thinking that we should have kept floating state bridge and racecourse with a few beers instead.

The Razorblades put-in that we used kind of sucked with a heavily loaded 10ft boat. (Although totally awesome run and okay hike down with an empty kayak). Where did you put-in for the Ute Mountain section? Is it legal to put-in, and safe to leave a vehicle at the bridge off of CO Hwy 142? Or just more fun to put-in further downstream?
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Saw a presentation by the geologist who wrote the new Rio Grande guide book this fall and it got me all fired up to do the Ute Mountain run. There are some springs along that section that pump in an unbelievable volume of water.

Should be the perfect trip for our JPW Fat Cats.
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There are some springs along that section that pump in an unbelievable volume of water.
Yep, great to have spring water to drink! We camped across from springs on Razorblades, Upper Box has the arsenic springs, and we filled up with more spring water just above the lower box put-in bridge.
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"Permit" required on Ute Mtn run?

Thanks for the video- great! BLM info on Ute Mtn run says there's one launch per day and you must preregister by calling them. Can anyone comment on this? Experience that you have had?
Looking for last week of March to run this if flow/weather works out.
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yup

yup,
call them up and give them a launch date. Pack in pack out. Fire pan-groover system etc...
It is rarely boated so you should have no problem. That section is closed April-May due to birds nesting.
Pack light for the hike out unless your going all the way to the end. Have fun...Atom....


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Thanks for the video- great! BLM info on Ute Mtn run says there's one launch per day and you must preregister by calling them. Can anyone comment on this? Experience that you have had?
Looking for last week of March to run this if flow/weather works out.
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